Run-stuffing DT Carl Davis visits Lions

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Carl Davis

Allen Park — Former Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis grew up in Metro Detroit, and at the Senior Bowl, he said he'd cherish an opportunity to play for his hometown Lions and learn from Ndamukong Suh.

With Suh leaving the Lions to play for the Miami Dolphins, Davis could be among the players called upon to replace the All-Pro.

The Lions hosted Davis, a Sterling Heights Stevenson graduate, on a pre-draft visit Monday. He's the sixth defensive line prospect to make a trip to Allen Park as the Lions try to fill the interior void left by Suh and Nick Fairley.

The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Davis is a likely second-round pick, especially after a strong performance during Senior Bowl week. He plays strong and is better in run support than as a pass rusher with just 3.5 career sacks.

If Davis can develop more pass rush moves, he'll have all the tools to be a productive NFL starter, which is something the Lions need as their top two defensive tackles — Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker — are free agents after the 2015 season.